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Interpretation Response #PI-76-047 ([Wilson & Company] [Bruce Raddatz, P.E.])

Below is the interpretation response detail and a list of regulations sections applicable to this response.

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Wilson & Company

Individual Name: Bruce Raddatz, P.E.

Location State: KS Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

August 11, 1976

Mr. Bruce Raddatz, P.E.
Wilson & Company
P.O. Box 28
Salina, Kansas 67401

Dear Mr. Raddatz:

Your letter of June 29, 1976, requests an interpretation of Title
49, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 195, Transportation of
Liquids by Pipeline, Section 195.248 regarding the cover over a
proposed liquid pipeline crossing a channel. You state that, "It
is my understanding that thirty-six (36) inches of cover between
the top of the pipe and the channel flow line will be adequate."

In as much as the channel appears to be a "drainage ditch" within
the meaning of Section 195.248(a), the requisite amount of cover
would be thirty-six (36) inches for normal excavation, subject to
Sections 195.210 and 195.248(b). The cover would not, however,
be measured from the top of the pipe to the channel flow line.

Consistent with the requirements of Section 195.248(a), which
indicate that cover is measured between "the top of the pipe and
ground level, road bed, or river bottom as applicable," the
required cover would be measured from the top of the pipe to the
bottom of the channel.

Thank you for you interest in pipeline safety.


Cesar DeLeon
Acting Director
Office of Pipeline
Safety Operations

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
195.210 Pipelines location
195.248 Cover over buried pipeline